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Proper dress for visit to Dome of the Rock

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Proper dress for visit to Dome of the Rock

I will be in Israel at the end of April and will supposedly be going to a visit one morning to the Dome of the Rock at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. (I know entry to the Dome of the Rock is strictly limited, which is why I say "supposedly.") For women, does properly modest dress include long pants or must it be some sort of long skirt or dress? And is the custom the same in other parts of Israel where modesty is a concern?

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1. Re: Proper dress for visit to Dome of the Rock

Entry to the Dome of the Rock is permitted only to Muslims. This is a rule of the Muslim religious authority on the Temple Mount. Unless you're a Muslim, be prepared to find that you will not be able to enter. The guards there will ask questions that only a Muslim would know the answer to (reciting certain prayers, for example).

The Temple Mount is accessible to all, and women must wear a long skirt (at least covering the knees), or the wrap that they give you there.

In other places, with the exception of some Russian Orthodox churches that do not permit women in pants, it's fine to wear pants anywhere (provided they cover your knees and are not more like leggings than pants - that's to say extremely tight). Skirts, if you choose to wear them, must also cover the knees. You must also cover your arms at least to midway between shoulders and elbows, nothing low-cut or revealing, or transparent. Stockings are not necessary.

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2. Re: Proper dress for visit to Dome of the Rock

For the Temple Mount - lately they have been insisting on skirts for women - a skirt that is below your knee - if you don't have one, you can always bring a wrap with you- but in this instance make sure it is not a sheer fabric or they will insist on your renting whatever they have there.

The only other sites that will insist on women wearing a skirt rather than pants that come below your knee are some of the Russian Orthodox churches.

Any other religious sites you can wear pants and no one will say anything. Anywhere else in the country you can dress as you like.

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3. Re: Proper dress for visit to Dome of the Rock

Make sure the skirt is way below the knees, you have sleeves on and a high neckline when going to the Temple Mount.

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4. Re: Proper dress for visit to Dome of the Rock

I was just up on the Temple Mount this week. There were plenty of women wearing long pants so I'm not sure what the other posters above are referring to.

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5. Re: Proper dress for visit to Dome of the Rock

I appreciate all the replies although am still puzzled about the difference in dress reported by the first three messages and the fourth message. However, I am also puzzled by something else -- whether or not a non-Muslim can enter the Dome of the Rock. I am not Muslim. My 2011 edition of Frommer's "Israel" states:

"Visitation hours for the Temple Mount are constantly subject to change. . . . [F]or now entry into the Dome of the Rock, the Al Aqsa Mosque, and the Islamic Museum is not permitted. Longer visiting hours and permission to enter the buildings on the Temple Mount may be restored during the time span of this edition. The Temple Mount is always closed to non-Muslims on Friday, Saturday, and during the entire holy month of Ramadan." I will be doing a private tour, and my tour operator has said that we will be able to enter the Dome of the Rock for an extra charge. This would be on a Monday in April. Will we not, in fact, be permitted to do that?

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6. Re: Proper dress for visit to Dome of the Rock

Barbara, I am a non-Muslim who visited inside both places on a private tour in October. I wore a long skirt and a scarf over my head. I wore a short sleeve shirt that was a concern because my arms were exposed. I was able to make my head scarf cover my arms. If I had not done that, I could have borrowed one from the man who escorted us inside. I found a long skirt to be valuable throughout the Holy Land. It was cool in the heat and satisfied the modesty requirement. I carried a scarf in my purse, but only needed it for the Dome of the Rock and Al-Asqa Mosque. Please feel free to send me a private message if you would like more information about our visit. Best Wishes, Debra

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I'm quite surprised by Debra26's experience. I would NOT assume you will be allowed entry into any building on the Temple Mount if you are not Muslim.

To be on the safe side, simply wear a skirt, take no religious articles with you and hope for the best. I very much doubt you will be allowed entry into either the Dome of the Rock or the al-Aqasa Mosque.

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8. Re: Proper dress for visit to Dome of the Rock

Barbara, contact Debra as she suggests. Have a great visit.

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9. Re: Proper dress for visit to Dome of the Rock

Thank you all for your thoughtful replies. And as Douglas suggests, I will contact Debra26.

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10. Re: Proper dress for visit to Dome of the Rock

You day a Monday in April. If this falls on Passover, the Temple Mount is closed to non-Moslems on that holiday.

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